The study of nursing is the application of knowledge from the arts and sciences. The purpose of the Bakersfield College (BC) Vocational Nursing (VN) Program is to provide the foundation for students to become competent Vocational Nurses. The VN faculty respects the individuality of students and recognizes each student has unique educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic, social background, and unique support systems. The goal of the Program is to provide a positive, innovative learning model which fosters the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, such that the graduate vocational nurse is equipped to provide compassionate and coordinated care to a culturally diverse population in various healthcare settings.
The mission of the BC VN Program is to prepare entry-level vocational nurses as providers of care across the health/illness continuum and as members of the profession.
MEDS B37(Medical Terminology, formerly MEDS B60) – highly recommended.
All pre-requisites must be completed at the time the application is submitted, and students must have earned a “C” grade or higher at BC, or an equivalent course at another accredited college.
All application forms and transcripts must be received in the Allied Health office, Math and Science building Room 178 during the month of FEBRUARY. Applications received prior to, or after the application period will not be accepted.
AN APPLICATION IS VALID ONLY FOR THE CURRENT APPLICATION PERIOD. APPLICANTS NOT SELECTED TO THE PROGRAM WHO ARE PLACED ON THE PROGRAM WAITLIST, MUST COMPLETE AN UPDATED APPLICATION EACH APPLICATION PERIOD TO REMAIN ON THE WAITLIST.
If you have taken courses from any college other than Bakersfield College:
*Upper division course work will not be posted on a BC transcript, therefore the student must meet with the BC Department Chair of the appropriate course and discuss the possibility of accepting that upper division course as a BC equivalent course. Allow time for review given program deadlines.
The program currently holds a waitlist due to the number of qualified students exceeding the space available. The following selection process will be utilized:
Bakersfield College nursing faculty have the responsibility to education and prepare students to become competent nurses who safely care for their patients and families using critical judgment, broadly based knowledge, and refined technical skills. Individuals interested in applying for admission to the programs should review the Essential Technical Standards to develop a better understanding of the skills, abilities and behavioral characteristics required to successfully progress in, and graduate from our programs. To be qualified for the BC VN program, individuals must be able to meet Essential Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodations.
For further information regarding services and resources to students with disabilities and/or to request accommodations please contact the Disabled Student Programs & Services located in the Center for Student Success (CSS) Building, 1st floor, CSS 10 (661-395-4334).
|Mobility||Physical ability, flexibility, strength, and stamina||
|Motor Skills||Coordination and dexterity||Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to perform patient care and procedures such as manipulate medical equipment and accessories, knobs, buttons, computers and keyboards|
|Visual||Use of sight||Visual skills, depth perception, color identification necessary to perform assessments, including signs and symptoms; read body/facial expressions; read and interpret written word|
|Hearing||Use of auditory sense||Ability to hear and interpret environmental noises, including verbal orders, equipment and fire alarms, cries for help, elements of physical assessment|
|Tactile||Use of touch||Ability to sense heat, cold, pain and pressure|
|Communication||Use the English language effectively by means of speech, reading and writing. Demonstrate sensitive and effective interactions with patients, families and health care team||
|Acquire Knowledge||Ability to possess clinical inquiry, seek resources of knowledge, and become a lifelong learner||
|Clinical Judgment||Ability to critical think, problem solve and make decisions
Intellectual and conceptual abilities
|Professional Attitude||Demonstrate concern for others, integrity, ethical conduct, interest, motivation and accountability Acquire interpersonal skills for professional interactions and diverse individuals, families and health care teams Emotional and mental stability||
A physical examination completed by Healthcare Provider of the student's choice is required upon entering the Program. This is to demonstrate that a student is in good physical and mental health and meets the Essential Technical Standards necessary to meet the Program objectives. Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations are also required, and are performed at the student’s expense.
As a condition of application in any Nursing Program with a clinical laboratory component, students are required to submit to, and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening at the student’s expense. *Although the State of California has legalized cannabis use, it is still illegal under federal law
As a condition of enrollment into any Nursing Program with a clinical laboratory component, students are required to complete and submit a background check, at the student’s expense.
Please note the following:
Students are required to show proof of a valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) card. This BLS card must be valid at all times.
*This requirement can be fulfilled by completion of MEDS B52.
Students will be required to purchase uniforms, textbooks and selected equipment, provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites and pay current college fees. Review the website for information on the Estimated Program Cost.
The California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians accredits the BC VN Program. Bakersfield College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC). The ACCJC is one of the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Conviction of any offenses, including traffic violations (with a fine over $1000) must be reported to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians at the time of application for licensure. For clarification contact the VN Program Director or the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205, Sacramento, California, 95833, (916) 263-7800. Board of Vocational Nursing-Enforcement Division
In accordance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act, Bakersfield College provides services and benefits to students regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, religion, marital status, medical condition or disability. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to administration and participation in vocational education programs. (Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.)
Students in the Vocational Nursing Program will complete 576 Theory hours and 972 Clinical hours. The course sequence is listed in the table below.
|Course ID#||Course Name||Units|
|VNRS B67||Principles of Pharmacology||2|
|VNRS B68||Basic Medical Surgical Nursing||3|
|VNRS B69||Foundations for Vocational Nursing Practice||3|
|VNRS B69L||Foundations for Vocational Nursing Practice – Lab||6|
|Total Semester Units||14|
|Course ID#||Course Name||Units|
|VNRS B79||Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing||9|
|VNRS B79L||Intermediate Medical Surgical Nursing – Lab||6|
|Total Semester Units||15|
|Course ID#||Course Name||Units|
|VNRS B83||Critical Thinking and Leadership for the Vocational Nurse||1.5|
|VNRS B84||Maternal/Child Pharmacology||1|
|VNRS B88||Maternal /Child Nursing||3|
|VNRS B88L||Maternal/Child Nursing – Lab||3|
|VNRS B89||Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing||3.5|
|VNRS B89L||Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing – Lab||3.0|
|Total Semester Units||15|
|Total Program Units||44|
Students who desire to transfer from another nursing program into our BC nursing program must meet with the Program Director and Nursing Educational Advisor to ensure course/program alignment, and be in good standing from their previous nursing program. Good standing is defined as a student who was not on academic or clinical probation, and who is eligible for re-entry into their previous program. An original letter stating standing in previous program is required by previous Program Director on school letterhead. A transfer approval is still contingent on an available seat in the program that student is intending on transferring into.
NOTE: For those students interested in continuing their education and becoming a Registered Nurse, please refer to the prerequisites required for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and meet with your Health Science Advisor/Counselor.